Parental assurance and the effects of culling and satellites in Nicrophorus orbicollis
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filial cannibalism, alternative reproduction strategies, parental assurance, burying beetles
We evaluated the effect of culling behavior and satellite individuals on parentage of a brood by resident N. orbicollis pairs. Parentage of individuals in each brood was determined using a SNP library for N. orbicollis and COLONY software. Culling had no effect on resident pair parentage. The presence of satellites had a significant effect on brood parentage by the resident pair. Our results imply that culling is not a mechanism by which resident beetles ensure parentage among offspring.
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Barry, Emma E.; Houston, Derek D.; Maughan, Peter J.; and Belk, Mark C., "Parental assurance and the effects of culling and satellites in Nicrophorus orbicollis" (2021). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2021. 12.
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